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How did the Crusades affect the Pope's power and authority?

How did the Crusades affect the Pope's power/authority, during and after the Crusades? The Crusades, from Wikipedia The Crusades were a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns, called ...
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Why did God only cure Naaman?

Jesus said (Luke 4:27): "There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." Several possible interpretations occur ...
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Are angels spirits?

John 4:24 (KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The Gospel of John tells us that God is a Spirit. What about the angels? According to the ...
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How do Orthodox Bishops and theologians view the Church Fathers' definition of the word “catholic?”

While perusing the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) website I came across this question. I fully understand what the word catholic by itself means. Orthodox Christians (like many liturgical ...
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Are Job's seven sons and three daughters in Heaven?

At the end of Job, God blessed him and gave him twice as much as he had in the first part of his life but he still has seven sons and three daughters. Is it a common interpretation that his first ...
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Are any Greek or Roman gods mentioned by name in the Bible?

Also, are any Greek or Roman mythological characters or creatures mentioned in the Bible?
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What terms have been used by missionaries to Islamic countries to describe Islam? [closed]

I am hearing with increasing frequency that Islam is not a religion. Here's one citation, from the upcoming "Value Voters Summit" “Why would Satan use Islam? Same reason. It’s not a religion. It’s ...
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What is a gospel, and how many gospels are there in the Catholic Bible?

Is there a difference between 'books' and 'gospels'? I've read that there are 73 books in the Catholic Bible, but are all of these considered gospels? Or are there just four gospels in total: Matthew, ...
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Is it orthodox to abandon the concept that God of the Bible is person, but say that He is spirit?

Should I abandon the concept that God of the Bible is person, but say that He is spirit? I would mean that God the Father, God the son and God the spirit are persons, but God means different ...
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Does God's knowledge increase in time?

Does God today have different knowledge than yesterday? In other words, did God not know yesterday what will happen today? I'm mostly interested in Catholic and Protestant traditions
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Does Cain still have descendants on the earth?

According to Genesis 5: 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other ...
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Did Judas betray Jesus willfully?

Luke 22:3 "Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve" Does this verse imply that Judas had no more control over his own actions as he was possessed by the devil. Judas ...
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If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism, then how does one leave the church?

If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism, then how does one leave the church? What are the ways that one may leave the church? apostasy backsliding heresy blasphemy Is there a way ...
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694 views

Does 1 Corinthians 2:9 mean Heaven will be more joyous than we can contemplate?

1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) states: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ...
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122 views

What has been said about happy unbelievers?

I've listened to many sermons, from Jerry Falwell to Tim Keller to Tullian Tchividjian. One common theme is that bad theology, that misapplication of Scripture, can be the direct cause of temporal ...
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What is purpose of being ready for the End Times?

I have seen Christians study the Scriptures for clues as to how one can tell that the Second Coming, the Tribulation, the events of Revelation, the End Times are upon us. What is the purpose for ...
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Why are sandals considered to be unholy?

As I was reading exodus 3 chapter it is said in 5th verse as Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Why it is ...
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540 views

What is the tradition for ordination in Pentecostal churches? [closed]

I'm curious about the traditions of Pentecostal churches concerning ministers being licensed and ordained. In Pentecostal churches (especially the denominations) typically how many years after being ...
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Are there any passages in Sacred Scripture that explicitly describes apocalyptic weather patterns?

I've heard my whole life that one of the major signs to look for concerning the end of the world is that no one will be able to tell what season it is. Most of my fundamentalist friends and family ...
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Do Latter-day Saints believe Muhammad is a prophet?

I read that the latter day saints believe in Muhammad as prophet, how true is this and what does that mean for them. I would want this to be answered by the LDS church goers only.
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Why does God punish people? [duplicate]

Suppose one was to believe God exists and God gave us free will, and that God punishes those people who sin. If God gives us free will, why punish those that exercise their free will in a certain ...
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Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit [duplicate]

If someone is saved, and they may have mistakenly or unknowingly committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is his/her salvation in question? Is he/her no longer saved or welcomed in the kingdom of ...
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How do those who hold doctrines that God is omnipotent and omniscient answer what 1 Corinthians 1:25 implies?

1 Corinthians 1:25 reads: 1 Corinthians 1 (NIV) 25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. If Paul believed that ...
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What is the dominant “Other Christianity” of the Members of the US Congress from the Dakotas? [closed]

According to this map: the predominant religion of a given region is usually more or less close to that of the Member of Congress who represents it. Wisconsin and the Northeast are heavily ...
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When and where did the Catholic tradition of first communion at 7 years old start?

I found out a few weeks ago from a friend that she celebrated her first communion around her 7th birthday, which seemed like an oddly specific age. In addition, the way she talked about it, and the ...
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Why did the KJV translators translate יהוה on the extremely rare occasion as IEHOVAH rather than LORD?

The KJV translators almost always translated the Tetragrammaton into English as "LORD" (all capital letters). For example, in Deut. 6:4: But, on the rare occasion --- extremely rare --- they ...
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Why didn't the KJV translators transliterate יהוה into English for each occurrence?

Did they make any comments or notes that explained the basis for their decision not to transliterate each occurrence of the Tetragrammaton into English, rather than translating it as all-caps "LORD"?
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Why did God change Jacob's name to Israel?

I am now reading the book of Genesis, and I have noticed that God changes certain people's names, such as Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel. Why does He change the names? What does that symbolize? ...
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What are the various eternal destinies or after lives that are possible in LDS Mormon Doctrine?

Upon reading Does the Mormon doctrine of exaltation implicitly require acknowledging the existence of sentient extra-terrestrial life? to satiate my curiosity on the who, what, and how of the ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for believing someone can be saved after dying and going to Hell?

As the title suggests, is there any Biblical reason to believe it is possible to escape Hell after dying and going there? Is there any way to save those people after these punishments? Or are they ...
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Who uses the term “God-talk”, and what do they mean?

I've seen many books and articles that use the word God-talk. This seems, often, to be used as a friendlier alternative to theology, which comes from the Greek θεός (theos) for God, and λόγος (logos) ...
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Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?

For the upright will live in the land,      and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land,      and the ...
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How do Hyper-Calvinists deal with verses that imply God is not causing everything?

How do those who hold views similar to hyper-Calvinism deal with these verses: Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 ...
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215 views

Does the Bible or Church tradition differentiate marriage from partnerships? [closed]

Today "marriage" generally appears to be elevated over civil unions and other partnership relationships, has this been consistent throughout Church history? Marriage appears to be about much more ...
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How is Matthew 18: 8-9 explained in the context of non works-based salvation?

if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal ...
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How do JWs respond to Jude 9 in light of Matthew 4:10?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are one in the same. However, in light of these two verses: Jude 9 (NIV): But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing ...
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684 views

Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to watch ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. It wasn't all that great and yes I found it a bit offensive, however it did get me thinking. Why does it seem as if Mary ...
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St. Thomas Aquinas' contingency proof and LDS cosmology

The argument from contingency summarized by St. Thomas illustrates that in order for existence to be a reality there must be an "Uncaused Cause" that possesses existence in and of Himself. Everything ...
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Does the concept of Gentile exist in Christianity?

Judaism and Bani Israel have concept of Gentile to represent the pagans and Idolaters with a corpus of rules dealing with them, So does Christianity inherit this concept? If yes where ? and Are Jews ...
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If God is omniscient , He would have forseen how He would send the flood and kill everyone [duplicate]

If God is omniscient, he would have known that in the future he would have to kill everyone by sending the flood. He would have known about the ark. So, why start with Cain and Abel if sin would haunt ...
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Infant Baptism and Heaven

For those denominations who practice Infant Baptism, does baptizing the baby have anything to do with the destination of the infant’s soul? Which denomination believes that Infant Baptism is a ...
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If God is omniscient how can he “Forget our Sins”? [duplicate]

God is all knowing. It says in the bible that God forgets our sins and transgressions. Is this a correct translation? It seems very contradictory.
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Is it immoral to allow children to believe in Santa Claus? [closed]

St. Nicholas, who is one of my favorite saints, is well known for his charitable witness to the Gospel. His legendary reputation, along with his feast days, have carried his spiritual presence down ...
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302 views

Did the devil reject God in heaven? [closed]

God created the devil, and in heaven Satan went to war with Him, correct? Did Satan reject God?
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Why does God command us to have children?

Genesis 1:28 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Have many children. Fill the earth and take control of it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds ...
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2answers
463 views

According to Bible ,everyother living beings are created for humans, Then why so many food chains in which humans are not included? [closed]

Every other living beings are created for humans. But, there are thousands of species in earth and humans consume 0.1% (a very small percentage)of these species. Why? Also there are so many food ...
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Do Catholics psychologists have a moral obligation to treat homosexuality as a perversion?

I was reading today about the Governor of New Jersey acting to ban "Gay Conversion Therapy", and wanted to know if this is just one more thing that Catholics would have a moral obligation to oppose. ...
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1answer
93 views

Are these the same 2 trumpet blasts?

In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus is describing his 2nd coming: For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a ...
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1answer
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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Does God punish babies and children who die in sin? [closed]

I've always wondered this. Before they even have a chance to think for themselves, and they die in sin, does God send them to Hell?

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